In something a little different today, young Miss Evie-Rose is penning (typing? Yeah that doesn’t sound as good) her thoughts on the ultra-luxe 3.5 Tog Winter Warmer Grobag she’s been road testing these past few weeks. I was going to share my thoughts but as I sadly do not get to sleep in the super snuggly confines of 100% cotton jersey and cloud-soft velour (I’ve had words with the head honchos at The Gro Company about adult sized sleeping bags.. watch this space), my insights would be limited to comments on the nifty ‘all the way round’ zip design which makes containing a super wriggly runaway one year old much easier and the quick dry inner which has proven to be a winner during that last bout of gastro we all got to share as a family. Pretty boring really. Evie’s got the real scoop on all thing sleeping bag as she shares below.
[Written in conjunction with The Gro Company who very kindly provided the sleeping bag for review]
Look, I’ll be honest with you from the off. Sleep isn’t really a priority in my life right now. I mean, have you seen what’s going on in the world outside the cot? There is SO MUCH to do. SO MUCH to see. I seriously wonder why anyone ever wants to sleep at all. I know there’s some banter to be had with my bed mate, Flat Bunny and my hands never cease to be fascinating company but really, I’d much rather be emptying the fridge of its contents and trying to ride my brothers scooter.
Unfortunately, these views aren’t always shared by the elders of the tribe who seem to associate ‘darkness’ with ‘rest’. I’ve tried in vain to educate them to the fact that the setting of the sun doesn’t have to equal sleepy time but thus far haven’t been successful. I believe they think that the onset of night time gives rise to the risk of attack by wild animals such is the fervour they approach bedtime with. It’s of utmost importance that we are fed, bathed and contained in our respective sleeping units before something called ‘Location, Location’ begins. I can only assume its some kind of program dedicated to tracking the aforementioned wild attack beasts.
I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve for attempting to extend my hours spent awake and active but sometimes I find I have to play to the whims of the one with the boobs. Those things are seriously magic and I’d be a liar if I said I could fight the impressive sleep inducing qualities they contain. The thing is, if I’m going to succumb to snooze, I need to be comfortable. And in winter comfort equals warmth. When it first started to get cold, I took to waking every hour or so just to fill everyone in on the fact that I wasn’t quite as warm as I could be. Blankets anger me to the extent where I often throw them out of my cot so no matter how many EB (or El Boobo) attempted to put on me, they failed miserably. Next we tried a sleep sack type of thing but again, no dice. I was warm-ish. And no one wants an ‘ish’ in the middle of winter. Finally, they upped their game and a new player was introduced to the game. Super plush with plenty of kicking room at the bottom, there’s no uncomfy gapey arm and neck holes to slip through or let drafts into which is something I find intolerable. The fact that this particular sleeping bag is just so much snugger (I’m told most are 2.5 TOG and this one is 3.5 TOG, I’m not sure what a TOG is but it’s clearly important as El Boobo rambles on about it) is really what seals the deal though. It gets cold in our house at night and there’s just something about being cocooned in delicious warmth that’s very pleasant. It doesn’t completely erase the fact that sleep is then expected but it DOES soften the blow a little. Don’t tell anyone but I’ve been so zonked out some nights that with no cool chills to wake me, I’ve slept all the way through to the morning. Horrifying but true fact. I think that’s why EB quietly weeps on the days she needs to wash my Grobag.
The good news is, you don’t have to just take my word for how plush and lovely these sleeping bags are. The legends at The Gro Company are giving TWO (Not) Just A Mummy readers the chance to WIN a 2.5 TOG Grobag in their choice of pattern PLUS a Gro Hush Baby Calmer (RRP for both $144.90). That’s a pretty sweet prize if I do say so myself.
To enter, all you need to do is ‘LIKE’ (Not) Just A Mummy on Facebook and COMMENT below this post sharing your favourite way to keep snug in winter. Entries close Wednesday 8th July 2015 at 7.00pm EST. Winner will be drawn Thursday 9th July 2015 and announced on Facebook. Australian entries only.